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Once treatment is started it's a lifetime commitment, Mayer added.
The test-and-treat idea was suggested by the World Health Organization and the programs in the Bronx and Washington are aimed at seeing if the idea can work in the real world.
"NIAID already is conducting several studies designed to answer the key research questions that underpin the test-and-treat concept," Carl Dieffenbach, director of NIAID's Division of AIDS said in a statement. "Through this partnership, NIAID is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to design a study to answer whether implementing a combined strategy of expanding HIV testing, diagnosing infection early and bringing HIV-infected patients to medical care and treatment is feasible."
Meanwhile, Dennis R. Burton of the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., told the AAAS meeting that while no successful AIDS vaccine has been developed, he remains optimistic.
Tests in monkeys have been encouraging and researchers continue their vaccine work, he said.
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